If you’ve spent at least a few hours of your life looking for decent get-paid-to platforms, you’re probably aware how many frauds there are. Some of them are obvious scams, trying to charge you even for signing up. Others can be more cunning in their attempt to rob you of your sensitive information. Today, my job is to determine whether a platform called InboxPays is legit or scam.
When I first landed on their homepage, I didn’t like what I saw. The site looks as if we were in the 1990s. Of course, bad design doesn’t mean they’re a scam. So, we’ll take a more thorough look before we pass a verdict.
Who Are They?
Based out of Houston, Texas, this firm is a subsidy of a larger company A & A Marketing. Not that you will be able to find that info on their website, though. I had to look up their file on Better Business Bureau to find it out. And while I was there, I also saw that they aren’t accredited with BBB and hold an F rating. Nothing unusual or particularly troublesome; there are many companies that don’t have a high standing with them, and yet operate without any issues.
However, it’s always worth paying attention to user complaints, especially when they have a pattern. That’s exactly the case here. Since March 2015, as BBB testifies, they have been getting complaints that the company refuses to pay and is unreachable via phone or email. Also, a number of user accounts were blocked before they got to complete their tasks at hand. Thirdly, the company even remained blind and deaf when BBB tried to reach them.
InboxPays Facebook page shows an equally bad picture. With slightly over 70 followers, their wall is covered with negative comments and inquiries about payment that people failed to receive. And guess what – no response to those complaints either.
That’s already growing into a serious issue. Let’s see what happened when I went to register with the platform.
How to Make Money via InboxPays?
You don’t have to pay anything to become a member. Which is basically the only signal that the company isn’t a scam.
The registration process looks quite conventional up to the point where you get a form full of weird, unrelated questions. Take a look at the ones I got below.
In effect, these questions are offers that you can either accept or reject. Some of them are even other get-paid-to platforms, either survey sites such as InboxDollars or mystery shopping offers. Make sure to read privacy policies for every single one of those offers. Your email address is at stake, so choose your options carefully. Even if they are not spammers, those offers are actually subscriptions that will start hitting your inbox even before you complete the form. So, unless you are sure you want that stuff in your inbox, just check “No.”
Back to the registration process. As soon as I finished the above form, I got another one. This time even longer, with more offers to reject. Finally, when I confirmed my account from the email they sent me, I got access to my dashboard, with offers available and a $5 welcome bonus.
Activities & Rewards
There are different ways to earn via InboxPays. Here are the most common ones:
- Cash offers. These comprise of free, trial, and other offers, some of which require you to enter your credit card number or PayPal. If you don’t cancel a trial offer before the end of the designated period, you will get charged for the service or product. You can avoid that by either setting up reminders or rejecting these offers altogether, which is definitely the safest bet. But if you decide to give them a shot, you can earn up to $75 – at least in theory. In practice, however, it’s more common to earn less than a dollar per offer.
- Spinning wheel. There are two free spins for a jackpot that you can do right away. For more opportunities, you will have to sign up for offers.
- Coupons. Most of them are low in value and are valid on groceries and household items.
- Referring friends. For every successful referral, you will earn 10% of the referred person’s earnings. So, if a friend you referred makes $30 in offers, you will get $3 deposited in your account.
- Reading emails. Don’t rejoice just yet. As easy as it sounds, it pays pretty low, from 2¢ to 25¢ per email. And you won’t get more than three each day.
Now that we saw all the ways that you can make money via InboxPays, it’s fair to say that their cashout threshold is insanely high. You won’t get your money unless you accrue $50. If you earn more, you will still get those $50, with the rest transferred to the next payment. Most GPT platforms have a threshold of $25. So, this isn’t very attractive.
- They pay in cash and via PayPal. That’s the only payment option, and I have no objections to it. PayPal is hands down the most convenient payment method there is. Unless you’re somewhat old school and prefer checks.
- There are different ways to make money. One could easily get bored of only reading emails or taking surveys. It’s nice to have a choice, so you can easily switch to another activity as soon as your focus goes off the track.
- You will get $5 as a welcome bonus. It’s not much, especially when you consider all the offers you had to accept or reject upfront. But it’s still nice to have something to begin with.
- Many users complain that they never got paid. This would be the most serious issue with InboxPays. The image gets even bleaker when you see people who had earned over $100 and couldn’t even get their customer service to pick up the phone. Which brings us to the next point…
- The company is unresponsive to negative feedback. I kinda understand if they don’t stress over angry emails of one Jane Doe. But they didn’t even respond to BBB’s inquiries, or public (very negative) feedback on their Facebook page. If they don’t care about their reputation, why should we?
- If not careful, you can easily get an inbox full of unwanted emails. I won’t go so far as to say that their advertisers are scammers. On the contrary, I’ve seen some respectable and reputable companies. But I only got here to make a few bucks if possible, and not to get my inbox full of offers that don’t interest me.
- Your earnings will be very low if you don’t sign up for offers. And I’ve already explained the dangers of these offers. I really like to have full control over my email address and (especially) my credit card number.
Final Verdict – Should You Give It a Shot?
I want to provide the most balanced answer to this important question. Even though there are too many things that I don’t like about this panel, I still don’t think they are a scam.
However, I would still encourage you to pass this opportunity. Even if they are legit, they are a sloppy company to say the least. And you shouldn’t want to trust a sloppy panel with your most sensitive data. Even if they aren’t a fraud, who’s to say that their collaborators are all legit? There’s just too much at stake, with little (or even nothing) to gain. There are tons of perfectly, undoubtedly legitimate GPT panels out there. Take a deep breath and keep digging.